Protecting Yourself In The Sun!

By Laurie and Chris Kemp, CSAs

Elderly Senior Citizens Protecting Yourself in the Sun Information Twin Cities MNWith Summertime here, we all want to get outside. It was a long winter. Remember that April blizzard. It is also good to get out in the sun and be active. That leads to a healthier life. But we also need to protect ourselves when we are out there. It is the ultraviolet rays that are the danger, but there are simple steps that you can take to protect yourself.

Staying in the shade is one easy way to avoid those UV rays. Sitting on the porch or under an umbrella at the beach can be just as nice as sitting in the bright sun. Do you want to take a walk? Why not find a shady street or park for your walk?

Of course, you can’t always stay out of the sun and you really don’t want to do that. So the American Cancer Society says “Slip! Slop! Slap!® and Wrap.” An easy to remember saying to help you protect yourself. It reminds you to Slip! on a shirt. Lightweight dark colored clothing will block out the most UV rays. If long sleeves and long pants aren’t what you want to wear then move on to Slap!

Slop! of course has to do with sun screen. The ones with SPF 30 or higher and are labeled “broad spectrum” will provide some protection against sunburn and cancer. Sun screens should be considered your back-up defense. Being in the shade, covering up and limiting your time in the direct sun are the best protection. And you need to put the sun screen on in generous proportions! It should also go on before any make up or bug spray.

Next Slap! on a hat and Wrap! your sunglasses over your eyes. These two steps will help you protect your eyes and easily burned areas on your head. Around the eyes, nose, ears, back of the neck and top of the head are places that burn easily and are often missed when applying sun screen.

Be happy! Be safe! And stay in the shade for a healthy summer and life!

For more information visit https://www.cancer.org/cancer/skin-cancer/prevention-and-early-detection/uv-protection.html which was also the source for much of this information.

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